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Sophistication: Its Cause, Curse and Cure

As meaningful as Christmas is to all of us,  it’s not quite the same without little children to help us share it.  The heart of the Christmas message is that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.  That’s a message that can only be appreciated by child-like people.  That’s what Jesus declared in Matthew 18:1-4  He said, “Except ye be converted and be come as little children, ye shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  When Jesus talks about child-likeness, He is not talking about childishness.  Child-likeness is beautiful.  Childishness in an adult is disgusting. Childishness is  characterized by selfishness, peevishness, as when one acts as a spoiled child and a “cry baby”. One who is  child-like is humble, forgiving, innocent, teachable and unsophisticated. 


One who is sophisticated is proud and has a know-it-all attitude.  A sophisticated person is deprived of naturalness and simplicity.  A small child is cute because of these qualities.  But the moment a child tries to be cute by putting on an act, he ceases to be cute.  That’s the first step to sophistication; trying to be what he isn’t. A new Christian has a freshness and simplicity about him that blesses others.  It’s God’s purpose that a new Christian begins growing and maturing as he  feeds on the Word. But even in the process of coming to maturity, Satan tempts us to pride and sophistication.  

A common temptation of every Christian is to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think.  See the warning in Romans 12:3. Though we are not to revert to childishness,  we must not lose our child-likeness in the cloak of sophistication.  Why do we lose that child-likeness and  tend to be sophisticated?  Satan corrupts our minds, Paul reminds us in II Corinthians 11:3.  He plays on our pride as he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden. He slanders God by telling us that God is withholding from us and that we can only  be wise if we disobey Him and go our own way.   As we listen to Satan, we find ourselves becoming sophisticated, trying to cover up our real selves.  A sophisticated person covers up what he really is.  It often begins in the teen years when we try to “act cool”.  We tend to take on a role of superiority, but come across as obnoxious, know-it-all Christians.  


Sophistication is a manifestation of pride, one of the most obvious and most ugly  of sins.   Sophistication blinds sinners from coming to Christ. II Corinthians 4:4 tells us of how Satan blinds us.  He makes us feel too intellectual to need a Saviour from sin. He makes us feel too intelligent to simply believe the Bible;  God’s inspired, infallible Word.He sneers at us as he did at Eve, “Hath God said?”   

Not only does Satan try to  keep us from Christ, but he works in the minds of deceived Christians to worship at the shrine of intellectualism.  Theological liberals sneer at the Bible and at the simplicity of salvation through faith in Christ’s shed blood. Satan keeps us from understanding the Word and thus hinders our growth. Paul warned about this danger in II Corinthians 11:1-3.   Satan also hinders our service to God. Knowledge, training, skills, talents, abilities are only useful as we keep a child-like humble spirit.  


One of the first things a Christian must learn is meekness and humility. They are primary traits in a growing Christian, as we learn in the Beatitudes (Beautiful attitudes) Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7.  We learn these attitudes of humility as we go to Christ and learn from Him.   In Matthew 11:28-30.  Jesus invites us to come and learn of Him. He invites us to be yoked up with Him as we serve Him.  He is meek and lowly of heart and we find our rest in Him even as we serve in His strength.   In Philippians 2:5-11  we are reminded of our humble Saviour who came down from Heaven to live with us as a human and then die for our sins on the cross. We are challenged to have this same humble attitude. 

That’s the cure for sophistication. We need the mind of Christ and Paul tells us in I Corinthians 2:16 that we have the mind of Christ.  One who has the mind of Christ keeps a child-like simple dependence on God for everything. As a line in one of my favorite songs of the past says,  He is “my life, my sunshine, my all in all.”

The effectiveness of a Christian’s service is found in this child-like dependence on God.   Moses had it. Read through Exodus 3 and 4.  Moses wasn’t perfect,  but he had this child-like dependence on God.  For that, God called him “the meekest man on the earth.” Gideon also had this child-like spirit and God used him to defeat the huge Midianite army. Solomon started out with a child-like spirit, we read in I Kings 3:5-10  It’s so sad that he lost it.  At one time the wisest man on the earth, he later became one of the greatest fools who ever lived.  He was ruined when he lost his child-like dependence on God.  Jeremiah was a faithful prophet who had a child-like faith in God.  The problem was that when God called him to be a prophet, he used his child like qualities as an argument that God could not use him.  God chided him about this and finally Jeremiah was willing to obey God in this matter and became a great prophet to Judah  

Let us keep a child-like, simple unsophisticated attitude towards God.  As we read and study His Word, we will grow in the grace and knowledge of Him. Let us beware of letting spiritual growth go to our heads making us feel self-important and giving us a know-it-all attitude.  Pride and sophistication are of Satan.  Humility comes from God. 

December 23, 2006 Posted by | Sophistication | Comments Off on Sophistication: Its Cause, Curse and Cure